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Patsy's Struffoli

User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)


Strufoli Photo Reprinted with Permission of Patsy's Italian Restaurant


Photo Reprinted with Permission of Patsy's Italian Restaurant
Here's an Italian favorite little balls of fried dough drizzled with honey. Thanks to Patsy's Italian Restaurant for sharing their recipe and photo.

Yield: 4


  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup honey
  • rainbow sprinkles
  • maraschino cherries


  1. Place flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well (indentation) in the center of flour and add the eggs one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix well to make a soft dough. Turn dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and elastic.
  2. Divide dough into halves and lightly roll each half 1/4 inch thick to form a rectangle. Cut dough with a pastry knife into strips 1/4" wide. Use the palm of your hand to roll strips to pencil thickness. Cut into pieces about 1/4" to 1/2" long. Heat at least 2" of cooking oil in a pan until it's very hot.
  3. Fry only as many pieces of dough as will float one layer deep for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Drain before removing, and then place on several paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  4. Heat the honey in a microwave until it is hot. Add in the drained fried dough pieces. Stir constantly until all pieces are coated. Remove, form into a wreath and add sprinkles. Place the maraschino cherries around the wreath.
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 5 out of 5
Strufoli, Member trtsdlg

This recipe is the closest to my mother's. God bless her! Did not add vanilla or salt - not a big deal. Cut pcs from the entire dough and rolled out as your recipe states and cut into small pcs - fried until they ""popped"" - looked like popcorn. Then added honey as directed. Best of any I ever tasted at other Italian homes - none compared!! Only one able to make them the same as my mother is my son! My sister and I cannot seem to duplicate it - where I live does not help - even my son's (he promised to send it to me every year) does not hold up after a couple of days due to the humidity I believe -tastes great but the honey gets a little runny - yes, it lasts that long because he sends me a very large ""wreath"". I hope others follow your recipe. Thanks.

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